The Sussex Learning Network Uni Connect Program – Funding for community groups


The Uni Connect program in Sussex is inviting community organisations to apply for grants that encourage aspiration and attainment among young learners currently under-represented in higher education. These include young people meeting Uni Connect criteria, that is:

  • pupils receiving Free School Meals
  • looked-after children
  • care leavers
  • estranged learners
  • young carers
  • some Black, Asian and minority ethnic learners 
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people
  • children of military service personnel

Uni Connect is looking for community organisations to devise innovative projects that will provide impartial information and enrichment experiences that motivate these learners to progress onto higher education.  Applications will be accepted from schools and colleges but they must include work within the community and with a community organisation.

The maximum amount available for each grant is £5000 and they expect to fund up to four projects.  Applications with smaller budgets are welcome.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19th January 2022 with decisions being made before the end of January to allow organisations to plan and deliver activities to complete their projects before July 2022.

More information along with an application form can be found on website


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